Keeping the peace in Alfaz

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SECURITY MEETING: Crime figures down, figures show  Photo credit: Alfaz town hall 

ALFAZ’S crime rate has fallen by 8 per cent and criminal offences by 35 per cent. 

These encouraging figures were announced at the latest meeting of the Public Safety Committee which was presided by Alfaz’s mayor Vicente Arques and attended by the national government’s subdelegate to Alicante as well as the commanding officers from Guardia Civil headquarters in Alicante, Altea and Calpe. 

Also present were the chief of the Policia Nacional’s subgroup in the Valencia region, the chief of Alfaz’s Policia Local together with Toni Such and Mayte Garcia, respective councillors responsible for Public Safety and the Mayor’s Office. 

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“Public Safety is one of our priorities” Vicente Arques said. 

Although the crime figures were encouraging, the town would continue to work shoulder-to-shoulder with the security forces to ensure that this continues to fall, the mayor stressed. 

The meeting also served to introduce AlertCops, an app launched by the Guardia Civil and Policia Nacional which allows members of the public to send photos and videos of situations that they have experienced or witnessed. 


Gender violence, incidents in tourist zones, poisonous snakes, spills in the sea or falling masonry were some of the latest cases sent via the app, the police revealed. 

AlertCops also provides the exact geolocation of an alert and when necessary can send a patrol with a minimum of delay.  A recent alert in Alicante City ended with two arrests for gender violence and breaking a restraining order because the Policia Nacional were able to reach the scene in less than five minutes. 

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